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Our family and team of professionals would like to welcome you, your family and friends to our beautiful country, New Zealand. This land is for us to share, from the majestic mountains of the Southern Alps that have abundant wild game, to the rugged Kaikoura Coastline and rain forests that behold it’s own hidden treasures and natural beauty, to crystal clear waters home to salmon and trout. New Zealand is without a doubt a Sportsmen’s Paradise!

Lifetime friendships, excitement, success and passion are only a few words to describe why my family and I enjoy hosting and guiding hunters from around the globe and making unforgettable memories. We can’t express enough how much we enjoy what we do. It’s not a job, its a full-time passion that I can share with others!

Married to my wife Vanessa and being a proud father to our son Sam, has certainly bought a lot of joy and happiness to our lives.
Over 25 years ago I had a vision and dream to own and operate an adventure guiding business that would exceed beyond clients expectations. A business to be proud of, a service that excels and a safari adventure that makes lifetime memories. I am out in the field guiding and taking care of everything around hunting and Vanessa is the one behind the scenes taking care of the general day to day running of the business, entertaining and preparing itineraries for many non-hunters.

A little brief of how I became an Outfitter, It really started with passion. Six months of adventures in Alaska I found a desire for it to become my second home, so returning there to become an assistant guide on moose and sheep hunts, to diving the shores of Australia for pearl oysters and skiing on the slopes of Canada, I pursued a very keen interest in guiding like-minded people throughout the wilderness outdoors of New Zealand…so I then followed my dream!

A New Zealand born and bred “Kiwi” now living the dream and becoming the owner/outfitter/guide of Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand Limited, I feel very privileged to offer to you my passion and experience on every aspect of your safari. No stone will go unturned as you can expect the very best in care, respect and service you deserve.

My highly professional and motivated guiding team bring you years of quality guiding experience. I have personally guided many international clients throughout the mountains and waters of New Zealand on one of our many adventurous safaris.

Growing up in these scenic wilderness areas I have thrived on the adventures of the outdoors. Hunting for a “Roaring” Red Stag, climbing the Southern Alps for the Alpine Tahr or Chamois and fly fishing our crystal clear streams for Trout. This is my passion along with other activities such as jet boat adventures, skiing, helicopters and scuba diving the coastal waters of New Zealand and not to forget about our National game of Rugby. My enjoyment of guiding many hunters and anglers has given me a lifetime of fond memories and each hunting season becomes more exciting as I am blessed to be acquainted to many more new friends. Client friendships are the heart of our business.

As the outdoors is my playground, it is my pleasure to be able to share a genuine New Zealand “KIWI” experience to you, your partner, your family, friends and business acquaintances.

The safety and well-being of my clients, customers, guides and staff is paramount and with the high qualifications and experience I have gained is undoubtable valuable to ensure that everyone has a safe and successful experience with Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand.

I would now like to WELCOME you to our beautiful New Zealand and invite you to join us and experience the very best safari adventures throughout New Zealand. I take pride in my own guiding and have installed this in my professional guiding team, whom I have handpicked and believe to be the very best in the industry. We will be just as excited as you will be and as proud of your accomplishments when you are on safari with any of us. Experience, knowledgeable, fun, safe and the upmost enjoyable professionals throughout your journey with us is your Four Seasons Team.

We have a very personalised outfitting service catering to the needs of each individual and one that strives in ‘Exceeding our client’s Expectations’. An experience of a Lifetime Guaranteed!

– Shane Johnston

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